Saint Peter’s Parishioner in Profile: Mavis Deaves

Mavis' 94th Birthday 012Mavis was born on 9th November 1919 in Kurri Kurri and moved to George Street East Maitland when she was 10 years old where her father was a baker.

She attended St Barnabas’ Church and then came to St Peter’s Church when St Barnabas was closed.  She has been baptised, confirmed and married within the Parish.

Mavis first met Gordon when he lived in High Street, directly opposite the house behind her home. They both attended dances in the Parish Hall from the ages of 16-18  before courting seriously and marrying at St Peter’s in 1940 when Mavis was 20 years old.

They continued attending the dances in our hall and also loved to dance at East Maitland Bowling Club, where Gordon ran the Social Club.

They were Caravaners, touring all around Australia, Mavis only selling the van when Gordon died just 3 weeks before his 91st Birthday on 9 July 2006.

They had two children Brian and Fay. Brian married Jan and both were ordained as Anglican priests.  Sadly Brian died in April 2002.  Gordon had been so filled with joy, when his daughter-in-law Jan had been allowed to preside at the 7.30 Eucharist on his 90th Birthday.  Fay and her husband Tony now live with Mavis to help her care for the house and garden.

Mavis has 5 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren of whom she is very proud.

Mavis has been a Red Cross volunteer for many years only retiring last year from helping out at the weekly meetings, and she still makes her famous scones for them. Mavis remembers when there were only 5 members at the local branch. This year the Red Cross celebrates its 100th anniversary.  She was awarded their Volunteer of the Year in NSW in 2011.  Mavis was also a member of the Rotary Catering team as well as the CWA for many years.

A loving, caring Christian, Mavis is loved by all who know her, especially the members of our Church.

Mavis celebrated her 94th birthday on 9th November 2013.